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A Place to Die

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Murder in the Vienna Woods . . .

Who expects murder and mayhem in a sedate retirement home? Certainly not Eleanor and Franz Fabian who arrive from New York expecting a quiet, boring Christmas with Franz’s mother in her new home. But when the wealthy, charming Herr Graf is found dead in his apartment with an ugly head wound, the Fabians are thrust into a homicide investigati
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Paperback, 438 pages
Published April 21st 2010 by Xlibris Corporation
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 05, 2010 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it
"The drama of their lives is played out within their own walls, The residents of Melanchthon also find that the small dramas involving one another consume more of their remaining life energies than any larger dramas in the outside world. Even visitors are drawn in if they stay more than a day or so"p128
James has crafted an intelligent mystery that weaves together an intricate web of emotion and secrets. At Haus im Wauld, a residential aged care facility, an elderly resident is found bludgeoned t
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Janet Hulstrand
A Place to Die is the wonderful debut volume in a new series of literary detective novels, introducing the sweetly charming Viennese detective, Inspector George Buchner, the cheerful Eleanor Fabian (a would-be English/American Miss Marple), and her irritable and irritating husband Franz. It's a page-tuner, yes, but you wouldn't want to turn the pages of this book TOO quickly: the prose is too lovely, the psychological insights too interesting, and the comic scenes are too funny to want to rush t ...more
melydia
Nov 16, 2010 melydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleanor and Franz Fabian are visiting Franz's elderly mother at her nursing home in Vienna, Austria. While they are there, an unexpected bit of drama crops up: one of the residents is brutally murdered on Christmas Day. Inspector Georg Büchner arrives on the scene and methodically goes through all the evidence, unweaving the tangle of lies and contradictions and unrelated issues to find the culprit. I enjoyed the musings on aging, the (too brief) discussion of the post-WWII climate in Austria, a ...more
L.A.
Article first published as Book Review: A Place To Die by Dorothy James on Blogcritics.


A place to live with all the luxuries as well as friends at your beck and call seems to be a lofty ambition. Could there really be a home for the elderly, one that is capable of housing those who just want a nice place to finish their lives, but for others a place where they can be cared for in the last days of their lives. What happens when things do not work as planned and murder makes a stand?

In A Place to
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Alice Yeh
Oct 09, 2010 Alice Yeh rated it it was amazing
This murder mystery takes place in an assisted living facility, where an increasing number of the elderly live out their days. In some ways, the horror of murder and death itself was muted as most of the "inmates", as James calls them, expect to die under the roof of the Haus im Wald (House in the Woods). In essence, death wasn't unusual; murder was. One act of violence throws a suspicious hue to all of the "natural deaths" and illnesses that follow, tempering the reader's interpretation of the ...more
Aaron Lazar
Mar 27, 2012 Aaron Lazar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A PLACE TO DIE is an intriguing story set in Austria, reminiscent of a good English mystery. I just finished reading it last night, and am already missing the characters. At first I was attracted to the book because it was set in Wien (Vienna) - I adore Wien. But then as I "visited" with these folks night after night (reading a little in bed each night), I grew terribly fond of them.

I was particularly rooting for American Eleanor Fabian, a woman of great depth who deserved much more in life than
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Literary
Oct 20, 2010 Literary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel was set in Austria, mainly at a living facility for the elderly, so everyone was called either Herr or Frau instead of Mr. or Mrs. The language did not hinder the telling of this story. Instead, the language gave an authenticity to the story that it wouldn't have had otherwise.

The characters were quite wonderful and well-rounded. Even the characters a reader would find unsavory had a realness about them.

I loved this book and would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a murder mys
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Wendy Hines
Jul 04, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
I love a good mystery and Dorothy James delivers with this page-turning, entertaining suspense! Great character development, wonderful dialogue and creative and clever clues bringing the reader right along on the investigation. James has definitely done her research, the historical details popped to life with her wonderful writing. Taut with suspense, surprising red herrings and characters you'll either love or hate, A Place to Die is a wonderful first book to new series. I can't wait to read th ...more
Carol
Aug 13, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery. Not your usual cozy. I am looking forward to reading more about the Inspector. I love it when the characters are my age. Getting old isn't as easy as I thought it would be.
Gina
Aug 04, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2012
Very good mystery. Not really a cozy, but not a thriller either. I hope there will be more from this author.
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